Raipur: Pradesh Congress Committee’s incharge general secretary Girish Dewangan and general secretary and communication department head Shailesh Nitin Trivedi said that statement of BJP leader and former MLA Manturam Pawar under Section 164 in the court laid bare all about horse trading of Congress candidates during 2014 Antagarh by election.
Given BJP leader Manturam Pawar’s statement it is clear that former chief minister Raman Singh, former chief minister Ajit Jogi, former minister Rajesh Munat and former MLA Amit Jogi hatched a conspiracy bringing disgrace to the democracy and murdering the democracy, they said while addressing a press conference here today.
They alleged that Raman Singh along with Ajit Jogi resorted to unfair means including misuse of power to remove Congress candidate from the fray at Rs 7 crore. Manturam Pawar in his statement to the court had stated that he was intimidated by the then SP, they said. Details about role of Raman Singh’s son-in-law Puneet Gupta in the episode are yet to come, they said and added that his sound was heard in audio tape.
But the then Raman government did not initiate any investigation
Congress had lodged complaint with Election Commission and even Police since the time of Antagarh assembly by election, demanding investigation into attempt to rig the election. But the then Raman government did not initiate any investigation. When Congress government started probe into Antagarh episode, it was opposed, they said, adding that Congress allegation proved to be right.
The Congress leaders demanded that former chief ministers Raman Singh and Ajit Jogi, former minister Rajesh Munat and former MLA Amit Jogi must quit politics, taking moral responsibility of Antagarh election irregularities. If at all these four leaders claimed themselves to be innocent, they must cooperate in investigation into the matter, the Congress leaders said, adding that former chief minister Raman Singh must ask his son-inlaw Puneet Gupta to give voice sample.
They also asked former chief minister Ajit Jogi and his son Amit Jogi to immediately give their voice samples to SIT which is looking into the matter. The Congress leaders further demanded investigation into the role of officers and middlemen who were active in the episode, on the basis of the statement of Manturam Pawar.